TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER RESIDENTS REACHING OUT TO AREA SENIOR
May 16, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 16, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, firstname.lastname@example.org
LUBBOCK – Medical residents at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are reaching
out to senior citizens in the Lubbock and surrounding areas by offering free presentations
on health topics that affect the elderly and their families.
Two residents will give a presentation on prevention and screening for breast, colon
and prostate cancers at noon Thursday (May 19) at the Maggie Trejo Super Center, 3200
Amherst St. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Third-year family medicine and internal medicine residents use the presentations as
an opportunity to educate senior citizens about important health topics, as well as
preventive measures that may help them avoid disease and debilitating conditions.
“Geriatrics is an institutional priority at the Health Sciences Center,” said Betsy
Goebel Jones, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Family and Community
Medicine. “As the Baby Boomer generation ages, physicians will face a patient base
that is increasingly elderly. This important training for our residents, as well as
the outreach opportunities to area seniors, helps West Texas elderly to be informed
about health maintenance and allows young doctors to gain valuable experience in communicating
with their patients.”
Jones noted that the residents enjoy the interaction with the audience members, while
the senior citizens enjoy playing a role in the training of young doctors.
This is the second year of the project, which is supported by a federal grant from
the Health Resources Services Administration. The project has allowed the departments
of Family and Community Medicine and Internal Medicine to develop a comprehensive
and collaborative curriculum in geriatrics for medical residents. Last year, the residents
focused on diabetes and hypertension education. This year, the topics of discussion
include osteoporosis and cancer prevention.
For additional information about the outreach project, contact Jones at 743-1100,
ext. 233 or email email@example.com.